Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens
Goals: Andrew Ference (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (1.000%), Carey Price (.944%)
To win eight is great; to win nine is divine. Not only that, but our win tonight improved our standings noticeably: we are now atop the Northeastern Division and second only to Pittsburgh (who also had, uh, a pretty big night, if you’ve been living under a rock for the past day or so) in the Eastern Conference. From worst to first in 16 days, baby!
Look who earned himself his second shutout in a row, turning away 33 shots from Montreal.
Furthermore, tonight’s lonely goal came from Andrew Ference, really breaking that long streak he’d gone without scoring. Of course, in Montreal he’s better known for a different kind of incident that happened during last year’s playoffs.
I guess not every meeting between Boston and Montreal can be the fight-fest that their February 9 meeting was. Besides, this one had all but one penalty called against someone from Boston.
Jack Edwards (the more I listen to him, the more I learn) reminded us tonight that you earn ice time under Claude Julien’s systems by deserving it. Tonight, Pouliot did not deserve it. Maybe it was residual feelings from playing against his old team, but he took some boneheaded penalties, including a double minor (although of course there were the questions of that being embellished or not since it was against PK Subban) that left Montreal with some juicy power play chances. They weren’t able to capitalize on those, of course, but they were still there!
Also there are two ways to look at it: we only got 18 shots total, but we were able to convert one of those into a goal. Meanwhile, Montreal outshot us basically two to one, but they didn’t convert on them. Still, we should’ve been peppering Carey Price with shots and making him work harder than he was at times.
Many of Montreal’s players are hurt right now and I of course wish them speedy recoveries. However, were they just trying to injure all the Bruins in retribution? At various points of the game, David Krejci, Joe Corvo and Adam McQuaid all looked to be pained when leaving the ice. Krejci and Corvo both returned to the game soon after, but McQuaid worried me. So, while this wasn’t a fight-y game, it was still physical…But hey, who got the two points? That’s right.
at Buffalo Sabres
Ha ha ha, oh boy, this is going to be a heck of a game, needless to say. Simple as that. To win nine is divine; to win ten would be splendid.